Domestic abuse and violence is a crime. It does not respect race, geography, social background or other similar factors. It is likely to affect one in four women and one in six men in their lifetimes, with women suffering higher rates of repeat victimisation and serious injury. It accounts for 14% of violent crime, covering offences ranging from common assault to rape and murder; it has a massive impact on victims, their children and the wider community.

Throughout this policy the term domestic abuse (DA) will be used to refer to all forms of coercive controlling behaviours which includes the use of physical and sexual violence. This policy document must be used in conjunction with local area procedures (London and Surrey).



This guidance applies to all staff employed by the Trust. It also applies to staff employed on honorary and temporary contracts. This policy provides the framework through which the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aim to ensure that there is a cohesive and co-coordinated approach to those experiencing domestic abuse, and that they will receive the recognition, information and support they require and want.



  • To support staff to effectively deliver a safe response where DA is disclosed or suspected;
  • To provide resources to all staff, providing specific advice and guidance on DA;
  • To improve staff awareness on the broad scope of the definition of DA;
  • To ensure appropriate documentation of DA concerns and information sharing is undertaken; and
  • To cross reference and highlight the issue of DA within Safeguarding Adult and Children policies both locally and nationally;


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Jane Mitchell, Sarah Hill, Laura Southam, Sarah Legg, Your Sanctuary
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: December 2023
Date Issued: November 2023
Review Date: December 2026
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Jane Mitchell, Sarah Hill, Laura Southam, Sarah Legg, Your Sanctuary


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